Whether it a long-awaited mini-break, a BBQ in your garden, a picnic with friends, or you just want to raise a glass to the hopeful end of lockdown, we have rounded up five drinks that will have that all covered.
1. Lot 42
Just when you thought the craze of hard seltzers might be subsiding, Lot 42 has gone and raised the bar with the release of these two snazzy flavoured boozy sparkling waters.
Choose from Blueberry & Lemongrass AND Huckleberry & Ginger. With a nod to outdoor adventures, Lot 42’s motto is ‘Hit Refresh’ and they’ve taken their inspiration from a township on Prince Edward Island in Canada. The can illustrations look akin to some sort of high terrain ordinance survey map. Offering a hearty 330ml (more than a lot of competitors), but still coming in at just 85 calories a tin, this would certainly help us trek up a mountain or two with an extra spring in our step! Stick a couple in your rucksack and enjoy the great outdoors this summer, with this ultimate drinks companion.
2. Nuet Dry Aquavit
Move over gin, this beautifully balanced Norwegian aquavit hits UK soil this summer and offers a refreshing and different take to your regular G&T. Developed in Oslo over eight months, and crafted from over 100 test distillings, Nuet Dry Aquavit features fresh botanicals including grapefruit peel and blackcurrant, accompanying the traditional caraway seeds. This Scandi elixir has already scooped Silver in the Nordic Spirits Awards gin category - the only aquavit to ever win in an international spirits award. Nuet’s signature serve is The Nuet Spritz: Mix together ice, 4cl Nuet Dry Aquavit, 8cl cloudy lemonade and top with your choice of bubbles (prosecco, cava, crémant or champagne). Gently mix together and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a rosemary twig.
3. Green Man Spirit of the Forest Woodland Gin
Green Man Woodland Gin is the world's first spirit to be packaged in a cardboard bottle. Here come the facts & figures: lightweight, carbon-friendly and 100% recyclable, the cardboard bottle (by Frugalpack) is made from 94% recycled paper, uses 77% less plastic, is 5 times lighter and has a carbon footprint 6 times lower than a glass bottle. Greener still, this new gin from Silent Pool distillers in Surrey takes inspiration from The Green Man – an enigmatic figured rooted in English folklore and the embodiment of the power of nature. This is a fabulously fresh, woody gin combining no less than 25 botanicals, with the most prominent being birch leaf, fresh pine and fir, rose hip and apple. Bringing it back to the forest further still, for every bottle sold, Silent Pool will plant a tree.
4. Thomas Tipple Aperitif
Thomas Tipple launch two new aperitifs this month, just in time for your summer park soirees. The Thomas Tipple Aperitif Spritz Collection uses cherry picked ingredients from around the world, combining Italian vermouth, mandarin and petitgrain from South America with grapefruit peel from Turkey, working with top mixologists to develop the right formula. The result is a beautifully dry and slightly bitter definitely bar-worthy drink-in-a-can. If you’re not boozing right now, (or ever), they’ve brought out a tasty Thomas Tee Total to match.
5. Brother’s Cider – New Flavours
Family-run Somerset cider makers Brothers have been producing cider since 1658 – say what? This spring they’ve brought out two new flavours: Brother’s Honeycomb and Brother’s Pink Grapefruit. Sweet and surprising in flavour and definitely not something you will find anywhere else, their Pink Grapefruit delivers a sweet citrus edge with a zesty burst of flavour, while Honeycomb is packed with not-so-subtle sweet honey tinged scents. Sweeter sounding still, they’ve most recently added a Toffee Apple alcohol free cider in to the range.
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Chatting Food Contributor Jo Aspin
Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad.